Sometimes we may turn our back on our faith because it has failed us. Our anger towards God for being unfair can block us from the very help we need. In times of intense suffering some people stop believing that God is real because “What kind of God would let this happen to me?” It is understandable that we may feel this way in our pain, but Jesus warned us we would suffer.
33 I have told you all this so that you will have peace of heart and mind. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world.”
Rabbi Kushner says God does not send suffering to punish us or because He is unfair. He says “God does not cause our misfortunes. Some are caused by bad luck, some are caused by bad people, and some are simply an inevitable consequence of our being human and mortal, living in a world of inflexible natural laws.” Imperfection is part of the creation and God never promised us a life free from suffering. He has promised us we would not be alone in our pain and that we would be able to draw upon a source outside ourselves for the strength and courage we need to survive life’s tragedies and sorrow. We can turn to Him for help in overcoming our suffering because we can believe that God is as outraged by it as we are.” Our hope is that God can help us endure our suffering and give it meaning so we can find spiritual purpose in our pain.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Rev. Walker is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church www.emanuelreformedchurch.com and she can be reached at 828-962-8196 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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